When I first met Richard in November of 2013, he was homeless and jobless. He did own a car and when he could not find temporary housing, this is where he slept. At times, Richard would need to pawn possessions, like his guitar, to earn gas money so that he could drive himself to meet his tutor. Richard read below the first grade level.
Richard worked diligently with his tutor, Bill Saunders. Not only did they focus on beginning literacy skills but also on job-related “soft skills” and interview vocabulary. His tutor states that Richard has improved his oral and his written communication. Along with that, his self-confidence has skyrocketed. Richard is in the running for a better position.
After one year of tutoring, Richard has improved his CASAS score by more than two grade levels. More importantly, he is employed and he has permanent housing.